The Theology of Tornadoes and Earthquakes


Two classes of reasons why bad things happen:

One: human agency is involved;

Two: human agency is not involved.


For the flood: perhaps a dam was built,

Tampering with nature’s plan.

For the disease that gnaws away at health:

Perhaps there were chemicals bought, sold, applied.


But for the tornado:

There is no ready answer.

That class of reason recedes into the mist and fog

Of mystery.


--May 21, 2013